Just a Few Reminders

Social Networking

In recent editions of Larson Law Letter, we have put out the word that your Facebook image can be discoverable by the court. Therefore, if you have been injured, and we are representing you, we ask that you scale back your involvement on Facebook at least to the point where you are deleting any photographs of you being a happy, smiling and active bicyclist, skateboarder, snowboarder, snow or water skier, or other image that may suggest that you are busily engaged in physical activities that might be taken by someone to suggest that you are not in fact injured. It is not our intention to micromanage what you do with your Facebook, MySpace, or other kinds of social networking accounts. However, we are merely trying to protect the integrity of your case by not trying to create a false image of how you are doing on a physical level. Obviously, such photographs or statements concerning your activities prior to the date of injury would be fine. Likewise, it is possible that some of the activities have not been affected by your injuries. Just use your head. If in doubt, give us a call and let us know.

Medical Treatment

We also want to remind you to be aggressive in your medical treatment. If you need surgery, the longer you wait to have it, generally the longer you will suffer and the harder it becomes for us to link the need for surgery up to the subject collision. If the accident or event happened five years ago and you still have not had the surgery, it is very difficult for us to convince a jury or an arbiter that the need for surgery was because of the injury or event. Get your health care done. If you are having problems for whatever reason, please let us know. Oftentimes we have solutions, and things can be worked out.

Keep Us Posted

Don’t forget to let us know when you add a new health care provider to your list, change your address, finish or complete your rehabilitation, or do anything that might in some way relate to your case. We are not always in constant contact with your doctors, and they do not always immediately tell us what you are doing. If there is a change in your status, either for the better or for the worse, let us know so we can hear about these things. We would like to get your case wrapped up as soon as possible. If you have finished or are nearing completion of your treatment, we want to know so we can take steps in getting the last of your remaining records. Surprisingly, your doctor will probably not automatically send the records to us.

Tell Others About Us

We do our best to try to make our customers happy and produce the best result in their cases. If we have done a good job for you, please visit googlemaps.com, citysearch.com; ksl.com or any of the other sites which have a rating system. We would be flattered if you would write us a good review and share with others your impressions of what we are doing. If you don’t believe we’ve done a good job for you, please give us a call. We can often fix that or make corrections so we can improve.

Utah Juries Are Stingy

Remember – juries in Utah tend to be very stingy with regard to damages. Many jurors do not believe that pain and suffering damages should be awarded at all. Therefore, even though you may have suffered a great deal, most juries do not want to hear and are not sympathetic to what you believe are your needs. So, when we talk to you about the value of your case, please be realistic and realize that we will get as much for you as we can, but in many instances, unless your injuries are truly catastrophic in nature, a Utah jury will not respond with a very large verdict. Believe us when we say we wish they would respond with larger verdicts! Our job would become easier and our profitability would increase because we are collecting a percentage of the value of what the case resolves for. Higher verdicts mean higher settlements. When you speak with family members or friends or other persons about the court system or what is heard on TV that juries do, remember you are often only hearing one side of the story (from the media). Also remember that you can do a small part in helping to change the attitudes of some of the people who might eventually serve on a jury.

Visit Us on the Internet

Don’t forget to visit us on our website at larsonlawutah.comm and also visit us on Facebook. We are doing our best to try to keep these sites as active and interesting as possible. We would certainly welcome your suggestions and recommendations. Likewise, we welcome your recommendations for future articles in the Larson Law Letter. And, as always, we always welcome referrals of family members or friends. If there is any way we can help them, we would love to do so.

Motor Vehicle Safety

Motor Vehicle Safety to avoid the leading cause of death

Motor vehicle crashes are among the top 10 causes of death in the U.S., and are the leading cause of death for 5- to 34-year-olds. In 2007, motor vehicle crashes ranked third—behind cancer and heart disease—in terms of potential life lost before age 65. In economic terms, crashes account for an estimated $99 billion in medical and lost-work costs annually.

Crash-related deaths are largely preventable, and improvements have been made. Between 2000 and 2009, the number of miles traveled by motor vehicles nationwide increased by 8.5 percent, yet the injury rate declined. Big drops occurred for children, with 49 percent fewer pedestrian deaths and 58 percent fewer bicycle deaths.

While safe roadways, safer vehicles and safer road use continue to make a difference, it’s the changes in behavior that have a major impact in reducing crash deaths. The best examples of behavior change include:

  • Passing and enforcing effective seat belt laws in 49 states and the District of Columbia (What’s up, New Hampshire?);
  • Passing and enforcing effective legislation to protect children riding in cars and using safety seats in all 50 states;
  • Adoption of graduated driver licensing policies for teens, admitting young beginners to full driving privileges in phases (implemented to varying degrees in most states and the District of Columbia.

We encourage everyone experience a higher level of motor vehicle safety by properly using seat belts and car seats!

Teen Driving a Major Safety Concern

The summer 2010 issue of The Safety Report magazine listed the following worrisome facts about teen driving:

In 2006, drivers between the ages of 15 and 17 were involved in nearly one million accidents that led to over 400,000 injuries and 2,000 deaths.

Auto accidents are the leading cause of death of teenagers, accounting for 36% of deaths in that age group.

Drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 have a greater risk of being involved in an automobile accident than any other age group.

The probability for a teen suffering an injury in an automobile crash increases with each additional passenger in the car.

One-third of all teen drivers are involved in an automobile accident in their first year of driving.

Driving is a great privilege and can be a real convenience to parents tired of having to be at several places at once due to their kids’ hectic schedules. Driving a vehicle is a dangerous activity, however, especially for the novice driver. Recent laws that restrict the ability of teens to drive with other teens make great sense in light of the accident statistics, and should be enforced by parents as well as the police.